The Italian Straw Hat

January 26-February 3

Brimming with Laughs

This uproarious comedy, by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores, comes to Minnesota Opera for the first time ever. Groom-to-be Fadinard gallops around Paris on his wedding day in search of a straw hat to replace the one his horse has inadvertently eaten. The bright and breezy score perfectly captures the increasingly ridiculous situation that rides on the edge of chaos. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the opera—the same way again!


Nino Rota


Ernesta Rota


Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.


Opera Highlights

  This is the first time The Italian Straw Hat will be performed at MN Opera
  Rota also composed many Fellini movie scores including 8 1/2 and Zeferrelli’s Romeo and Juliet
  Based on a play that was turned into a hit silent movie

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